Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Pitsford Constant Effort Site

Hello

A ringing session in the Scaldwell Bay at Pitsford Reservoir late yesterday evening coupled with this morning provided a catch of 102 birds.  Yesterday evening's birds included 9 Greenfinches which seem to be making a gradual come-back after all their disease problems a couple of years ago, and singles of both Marsh and Willow Tit.  This morning's new warblers included 8 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Reed Warbler, a Willow Warbler and 6 Chiffchaff.  Variety was in the shape of a Kingfisher and 3 Yellowhammer.  And continuing the trend at this site this year, another 7 new Robins were processed which means that the CES sessions have identified 55 new birds so far this season - probably their best ever productivity.

This afternoon, the two Ruddy Shelduck were not surprisingly still present at Pitsford in the vicinity of the yacht club, as were three Yellow-legged Gulls loafing on the buoys.

A meander at Harrington Airfield this evening provided further evidence of southward movement with hirundines congregating, an adult Whinchat, a Redstart at the end of the concrete track again, one or two Turtle Dove(s) and two singing Grasshopper Warblers.

Regards

Neil M
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